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New Zealand student visas

Find out how to apply for a visa to study at a school,
English language school or tertiary institution in
New Zealand.

Immigration New Zealand is currently not accepting visa applications from people outside of New Zealand. This measure is in place at least until February 2022.

Which visa would be right for you?

New Zealand has a range of visas that allow you to go to school, take a course or do other training. For full details, go to Immigration New Zealand.  

Visa types

If you want to study a full-time course in New Zealand that’s longer than three months in total duration, you’ll need a student visa.

Depending on your visa conditions, you may be able to work up to 20 hours a week during the term and full-time over the holidays.


NewZealand university Students

If you want to take a short course of study while you’re in New Zealand, a visitor visa may be the best choice of visa for you.

A visitor visa allows you to take one or more courses lasting up to three months in total. While you’re here, you can enjoy New Zealand’s stunning scenery, vibrant cities and friendly people.

New Zealand Students

If you plan to study more than one course in New Zealand, the pathway student visa may be the only visa you need.

The pathway student visa allows you to study up to three consecutive courses for up to five years with one or more qualifying education providers. For example, you could take an English language course, followed by foundation studies, then a degree programme – all on the one visa.

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If you want to stay in New Zealand to get some practical work experience after you’ve completed your qualification, you may be able to apply for a post-study work visa.

A post-study work visa will allow you to work for up to three years in New Zealand after you graduate, depending on what you study and where you study.

Find out more about our post-study work visas at Immigration New Zealand.

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Visa-free travel

If you’re coming to New Zealand without a visa, you may need to apply for an NZeTA before you travel. Read more about the NZeTA and find out if you need one.

Student visa requirements

Most visitor, student and work visas can take up eight weeks to process, but could also take longer if more information is needed. As a guide, you’ll usually need to provide the following documents with your student visa application:

  • An offer of place from an approved education provider

  • Evidence that you have enough money to pay your tuition fees

  • Your passport and acceptable passport-style photo(s)

  • Proof of funds – $15,000 per year, to cover your living expenses

  • A copy of your air ticket home, or proof that you have enough money to buy one

  • An accommodation guarantee, if you’re under 18

  • Your visa application fee

  • You may also be asked to provide a medical certificate and chest x-ray, and a police certificate.

You can see a full list of student visa requirements here and apply for your visa online.

Bringing your family to New Zealand with you

See the range of visa options that could allow your family to join you while you study in New Zealand.

Useful links

Visit NZ Ready to help you plan your move, or check out information about visa waiver countries.

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